Originally based in Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, Papworth Travel Goods owes its beginnings to Dr (later Sir) Pendrill Varrier-Jones, a social pioneer who founded the Cambridgeshire Tuberculosis Colony. The Colony was later to become the Papworth Village Settlement and the forerunner of the Papworth Trust. Varrier-Jones’ vision was to create not just a hospital or rehabilitation centre for TB patients, but a whole community.
The Colony began at Bourn in Cambridgeshire in 1917, however Varrier-Jones soon collected enough funding (£6,000) to purchase Papworth Hall, and the Colony moved to the village of Papworth Everard the following year. With the Hall went most of the land in the parish and, under Varrier-Jones’ capable management, the Papworth Colony rapidly expanded. Although there were still many deaths from tuberculosis, the aim was to rehabilitate sufferers by providing treatment for them (surgery and ‘fresh air’) and giving them appropriate work.
When the Hall became too small, a new hospital was built, along with new homes for the TB patients and their families. In the 1930′s factory buildings were also constructed, to enable patients who were well enough the opportunity to work.
The Papworth Industries became a great financial success, expanding over many years under the trade-mark of ‘Pendragon’. Industries included the manufacture of travel goods, carpentry, cabinet making, leather work, and printing.
‘Pendragon Travel Goods’ evolved in the 1970s to become ‘Papworth Travel Goods.’
The brand was acquired in 1997 by Swaine Adeney Brigg.
Royal Warrants issued to Papworth Travel Goods
Warrant appointing Cambridgeshire Tuberculosis Colony as trunk makers and cabinet-makers by King George V
Warrant appointing Papworth Industries trunk and cabinet -makers by the Prince of Wales
1940 – 1947
Warrant appointing Papworth Industries trunk and cabinet-makers by Queen Elizabeth
1952 – 2002
Warrant appointing Papworth Industries trunk and cabinet-makers by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Papworth Travel Goods Today.
For over three quarters of a century luggage of distinction and quality has been produced by Papworth Travel Goods, in a quiet leafy village in the heart of the English countryside eight miles from Cambridge.
Traditional tools and methods of manufacture are still employed and encouraged and largely contribute to the individuality and characteristics of Papworth business cases and luggage. Papworth Travel Goods are hand-made by craftsmen with years of experience in the trade, whose first consideration is quality
Renowned the world over for lasting quality, every Papworth case is an individual creation – top quality selected hides of many different hues and grains are carefully stored, awaiting their turn to be cut and matched to linings of gentle suedes, velvets and silks. Locks and fittings of solid brass and other metals will be carefully fitted by hand, transforming the whole into items of prestige and elegance.
From the distinctive style of our suitcase to the classic cut of our briefcases, the Papworth signature is always unmistakable.